In God’s work, each Christian is but a foot soldier. God is the great Commander, working all things according to His own will. It is necessary that we wait on Him for our marching orders and instructions. He will direct us at the right time, to the right place, with the right word.
The Holy Spirit led Paul, after his conversion, to Cyprus with Barnabas. At Salamis, the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, called for them to come and explain the Gospel. But someone else was there competing for the soul of this man – the devil’s agent, Elymas the sorcerer. He did not want Sergius Paulus to become a Christian.
The battle lines were drawn. On the one side was the testimony of two Spirit-filled and Spirit-led men, and against them the lies of this devil-inspired sorcerer. The battle was for the soul of Sergius Paulus. This was a crisis point for the newly converted preacher, Saul of Tarsus. Would he allow Satan’s emissary to gain the ascendancy?
Paul, as his name now was, looked Elymas in the eye and admonished him in the name of the Lord. Paul was the last person Elymas saw because he, who represented the prince of darkness, was struck blind for a season.
Sergius Paulus became a believer, and Paul moved from the relative obscurity of his early Christian days to become the mighty apostle to the Gentiles. One wonders what would have happened to Paul if he had flinched when faced with the adversary.
When a Christian is led by the Spirit of God to do something for the Lord, he can expect success. Satan is no match for the all-conquering Christ.